Apple’s XR focus, VR meetings and Zoom and Google’s ChatGPT competition

Apple's XR focus, VR meetings and Zoom and Google's ChatGPT competition

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Our weekly roundup: Apple’s XR headset is getting closer, Microsoft’s vision of functional Hololens battle glasses is further ahead in the future. Google may deploy its ChatGPT competitor via Deepmind.

The year of Apple headphones

According to Apple reporter Mark Gurman, the introduction of Apple headphones, which was originally planned for January, has been postponed for a short time. However, he is sure: 2023 will be the year of Apple Reality. The XR device is expected to be the most notable device Apple has unveiled this year and will even combine capabilities from other hardware departments.

Microsoft is fighting back with its own headset

Hololens remains a difficult product for Microsoft, and that includes the military version: US soldiers complain of eye strain and headaches, therefore, Congress is rescinding the $400 million order. Instead, Microsoft will have to provide a better version.

Ein Soldat layt im Häuserkampf mit der AR-Brille IVAS ein Sturmgewehr.

The US Army has been fighting with and against Microsoft’s IVAS military Hololens since 2019. Photo: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Chandler Coats, 5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

How do VR meetings compare to Zoom and others?

Marketing professor and VR researcher Thorsten Hennig-Thurau and his colleagues at the University of Muenster in Germany want to know whether virtual meetings in a 3D environment lead to more emotional action in participants, whether teams are more creative and how well they collaborate. 300 students were involved, 100 of them met with VR headsets. Conclusion: video conferencing is still ahead.

Nice VR recordings

Thomas Huebner is a passionate VR photographer. It displays footage in a quality you rarely see. You can watch scenes Free with Quest 2, Pico or SteamVR.

Panorama-HDR-Photo for Dresdners Zwingers.

“Zwinger” from Dresden in beautiful VR footage. | Photo: Thomas Huebner

Google can go through Deepmind to communicate with ChatGPT

OpenAI’s ChatGPT is the biggest AI hype of all time — and it’s reportedly scaring Google for its core business. Deepmind’s Sparrow chatbot may enter beta this year. Is this the way out of Google’s ‘Innovator’s Dilemma’?

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